Clorox says wipes shortage expected to last through next year

Andrew Cummings
August 5, 2020

The company says it has aggressively ramped up production but still won't be able to keep up with demand.

Separately, Clorox's outgoing CEO Benno Dorer told Reuters that Clorox wipes, specifically, will be in short supply until next year.

But it's not just Clorox, Lysol has also gone missing on shelves too.

The company is understocked in most of the products it makes - which includes Glad trash bags and Burt's Bees lip balm, Reuters reports. The chief executive added that supply of products besides wipes, such as liquid bleach, is likely to recover by the end of the year.

Dorer had initially predicted in May that his company would be able to restock the shelves with those wipes by this summer, but the demand has been so overwhelming that his supply chain literally can not keep up.

Disinfectant wipes have become a hot commodity in the wake of COVID-19 and they could remain hard to find well into 2021.

Numerous disinfecting wipes are made of the material polyester spunlace, which is also used in the production of equipment like masks and medical wipes that are also in high demand due to the pandemic. A recent announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency that two Lysol sprays were shown to be effective in lab testing to kill the virus has caused a run on Lysol products as well.

The CEO had originally projected in the spring that wipe stock would have recovered by the summer.

On Monday, Clorox reported fourth-quarter sales and earnings that widely topped analysts' expectations, driven by a 33 per cent increase in revenue from its health and wellness business, which makes cleaning products and accounts for more than 40 per cent of total sales.

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